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JAMA. 1963;185(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060020092035.
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Johann Friedrich August von Esmarch was born in 1823, the son of a medical practitioner at Tönning, Schleswig-Holstein, at the time when the province was struggling for freedom from Denmark. Friedrich studied medicine at Göttingen and later at Kiel. His first teaching appointment was assistant to von Langenbeck, chief of the Surgical Clinic at the University of Kiel, before he took the MD degree, and there he remained throughout his surgical career. In 1854, he was appointed director of the Surgical Clinic and three years later became professor, succeeding Stromeyer, who, in turn, had succeeded von Langenbeck. Esmarch's first marriage was to Stromeyer's daughter; his second at the age of 50 was to the princess of Schleswig-Holstein, an aunt of the German empress. The grace and comfort of the upper class, old world society prevailed in his home, but, in spite of the noble marriage, it lacked the glittering splendor


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